Who’s HOT & Who’s NOT - FPL Gameweek 33
Posted by FFP-Danny
11:45pm Apr 4 2018
Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku makes it on to @DannyBryan27’s NOT so hot list for Gameweek 33 against Man City
Greetings FPL bosses! It’s all to play for again in Gameweek 33, following an action-packed Gameweek 32.
The finishing line is in sight, and we’ve got you covered right through to the bitter end here at Fantasy Football Pundits HQ.
This week’s piece features players from six different Premier League clubs, most of which still have something to play for.
An added bonus comes in the fact that the tips provided here represent a cool £3.7m net income, allowing you to seriously strengthen your squad for the final few Gameweeks.
So, without further ado, here are my thoughts ahead of Gameweek 33. I wish all of you the very best of luck and here’s to plenty of green arrows once again!
Lewis Dunk vs. Huddersfield (H)
After suffering defeat against Leicester in Gameweek 32, Brighton remain one victory away from all-but confirming their Premier League survival.
Gameweek 33 sees the Seagulls face fellow relegation candidates Huddersfield at the Amex, in a game that neither side can afford to lose as the pressure mounts down at the bottom.
The visitors have failed to score in four, so this represents a great opportunity for Brighton to recapture their early-season defensive solidity and take a giant step towards survival.
Lewis Dunk is selected by just 3.2% of FPL bosses at the time of writing, and could be an ideal free transfer for Gameweek 33 at a very affordable £4.5m.
Son Heung-Min vs. Stoke (A)
Spurs produced a stunning comeback at Stamford Bridge in Gameweek 32, leaving Chelsea with an absolute mountain to climb if they are to reach the top four.
The game saw Son produce an assist, to add to his four goals in his previous two – and despite the return to fitness of Harry Kane, the South Korean is expected to be in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting XI as Spurs travel to Stoke in Gameweek 33.
The Potters have conceded a staggering 61 goals so far this season, making them by far the Premier League’s worst defensive outfit – so this is a fantastic opportunity for big returns on your Spurs attacking assets.
Aubameyang vs. Southampton (H)
Arsenal’s January signing from Dortmund has hit the ground running, with five Premier League goals in just six appearances – including a brace in the Gunners’ Gameweek 32 victory over Stoke.
Gameweek 33 sees Arsene Wenger’s side face another relegation-threatened side as Southampton travel to the Emirates.
The Saints have conceded a total of six without reply in their two most-recent away fixtures, which should be music to the ears of Aubameyang owners – captain’s armband, anyone?
At £10.8m, the Gabon international is an expensive selection, but has been well worth it so far. What’s more, he is selected by just 12.8% at the time of writing – a surprisingly low figure for someone in such good form.
Who’s NOT? (hot)
Nathan Aké vs. Crystal Palace (H)
Bournemouth have kept the joint-fewest clean sheets in the Premier League this season, along with Stoke, having managed just five.
The Cherries host Crystal Palace in Gameweek 33. Surprisingly, only Manchester City and Spurs have managed to prevent the Eagles from finding the net since Gameweek 15, so a repeat of the 2-2 draw played out by these two back in December could well be on the cards here.
Bournemouth defenders have been precarious selections all season, and there are plenty of sounder options than Nathan Ake at £5.1, especially when the tasty double gameweeks are approaching.
Eden Hazard vs. West Ham (H)
Chelsea’s top-four ambitions look to be over as Spurs took all three points at Stamford Bridge in Gameweek 32 – and it was another barren Gameweek for Eden Hazard.
The Belgian has struggled to consistently produce big FPL returns all season, and remains wildly overpriced at £10.6m.
Many FPL bosses are rightly looking elsewhere, with his ownership level standing at just 6.8% at the time of writing.
For Gameweek 33, any one of the Spurs midfield trio of Alli, Eriksen or Son are excellent candidates, as is Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez – who has returned to form after a spell on the sidelines following his failed January transfer.
Romelu Lukaku vs. Manchester City (A)
Lukaku’s poor scoring record against the Premier League’s top clubs should trigger alarm bells among the current 30.3% of FPL bosses who own the big Belgian ahead of Gameweek 33, as Manchester United face the irrepressible Manchester City.
The former Everton striker has a respectable 15 Premier League goals to his name so far this season, but only two of those have been scored against sides currently in the top half.
To repeat an old cliche: Romelu Lukaku is simply not a big-game player.
What’s more, ditching the United man enables you to replace him with just about anyone other than Harry Kane or Sergio Aguero.
As mentioned previously, Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is perhaps the pick of the bunch for Gameweek 33, but I do understand the appeal of owning Big Rom ahead of United’s Double Gameweek 34 games against West Brom (H) and Bournemouth (A).
Man City in Gameweek 33 followed by a blank in Gameweek 35 simply doesn’t appeal to me, but good luck to those who’ve drafted Lukaku in for the double.
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